My first entire week without sugar… Well, I MADE IT!? Honestly, I am surprised I made it the first week without any issues- I’ve always heard the first week is the hardest… And if that is true, I feel like I’m off to a great start! But let me take a minute to share with you what happened, what I noticed, and how I plan to move forward. It’s important to make goals, but evaluating goals is the best way to see progress as you continue to move forward <3
Simple Outline for Evaluating Goals
- What was the specific goal?
- What was harder/easier in reaching your goal this week?
- What do you want to improve on for this upcoming week?
- What specific steps will you take to make it happen?
This first week without sugar was way better than I thought it would be! I thought I would die, but I didn’t! So I’m already off to a great start. 🙂 In addition, I noticed that throughout the week, I felt less bloated than I normally might. That being said, I did notice that I was cranky on days two and three (which is abnormal for me), and I have noticed some headaches (but I also haven’t been drinking as much water as I should, which could have contributed).
This week, I was able to spend a lot of time with my extended family! There were four separate evenings this week where we spent time with them, which I love!
Naturally, at every single one of these gatherings was the choice to have some extra sugar. I’m in no way saying it’s a bad thing, it’s just what we do! When people get together, we want to enjoy that time together. And what’s more enjoyable or party-pleasing than a few treats and desserts? There was ice cream, soda, cookies, cake, and brownies. Um, YES! Of course, it’s all delicious! But, because I had decided to avoid sugar, I simply didn’t have any. When I would politely decline the desserts, I would let my family know of my goal to not have sugar and they would be respectful of that decision.
However, I decided not to be as stringent when I was around my family. The majority of processed foods have sugar or sugar substitutes in them. It’s just how it is, even if the food doesn’t seem to need sugar! So when I was with my family, we would have sandwiches, pizza, or Easter ham for dinner. Because it was important to me to just enjoy my time with my family, I decided that I wouldn’t worry so much about being totally anal about the sugar in those items. I simply avoided desserts, soda, and other obvious sugar culprits. And when I was in my own home, I would cook completely sugar-free.
When I Had Sugar Cravings
This week, it was really interesting to see when, and how often I would crave sugar! I noticed my sugar cravings: (1) At the end of a day when I had accomplished a lot, (2) When I was emotional, (3) When it was the weekend ;D
Haha yeah, so I pretty much always wanted a treat… The only time I noticed that I don’t crave sugar is in the mornings, so there’s a start!
How I Combatted Sugar Cravings
I had a few things I would do to combat sugar cravings. It usually started with a few minutes of self-pity, but then I would take a drink of water and find something different to eat. Usually, I would go for some fruit to try and get my sweet on. We had pineapple, strawberries, oranges, and apples available, so I was always able to find something to try! I also made a batch of oat & peanut butter energy balls that I sweetened with some honey- they were gone in like two days haha. But, there were times when I wouldn’t want some sugar, so…. instead, I bought myself a bag of salt & vinegar chips and had those 😉 Not the healthiest option in the world, but hey, they didn’t have sugar in them! (Did you know how many chips have sugar in them?! It’s crazy! I had to go through several bags before I found anything without added sugar).
That being said, I have some goals to eat even better this next week….
Evaluating Goals for This Week
This past week, my goal was simply to not have any sugar, which I was successful at, according to the guidelines I created for myself. But to work with that and get used to this new goal, I ended up eating a lot of foods that weren’t necessarily healthy, even though they didn’t have sugar in them (i.e. my bag of potato chips). Since I’ve had a full week to get used to avoiding sugar, I figured I would take it a step further.
This week, my goal is to eat better overall! Not just to avoid sugar, but to make sure I’m eating good, whole foods as well. Part of the way I’m going to do this is by going back to the Zone Diet. When my husband and I were in Dallas, we spent over two months eating a pretty solid Zone Diet, but since being back in Utah, we haven’t done it as much.
So this week, on top of avoiding sugar, my goal is to eat Zone with good, wholesome foods 🙂
Making goals are great, but they fall flat without finding a chance to revisit your goal and evaluate how you are doing and what you can do to improve! So no matter what goal you may be working towards right now, be sure to follow-up and hold yourself accountable.
What health or fitness goals do YOU have for this upcoming week? How will you accomplish them? And remember, evaluating goals is a key to success <3